Dr. Kenneth Montague, Wedge Curatorial Projects
Bill Clarke, Art Collector & Associate Director, Angell Gallery
Moderated by Jessica Bloom, Toronto-based writer (Toronto Life, New York Magazine, Vice) and content director (Format, Lift & Co.)
Sunday June 10th, 2018
1:00PM – 2:30PM
2nd Floor, Gladstone Hotel
Suggested donation: $10.00
From institutional mandates, to personal whimsies and passions, to record high prices; in the art world, there are a variety of motivations to buying and collecting contemporary art. This panel discussion examines the many trends, influences and motivations intersecting public institutions, private collections, art dealers and artists (collectors in their own right). Issues of technology and distribution will play a role in critical discussion Instagram and other mobile applications both complicate and simplify the process. How do various kinds of collectors re-think and re-shape the traditional approaches to collecting and, consequently, how do they change the global market? How do actors of the art market respond to the rise of the digital generation of art collectors?
Kenneth Montague is a Toronto-based art collector and the founder and director of Wedge Curatorial Projects, a non-profit arts organization. Since 1997 Montague has been promoting both emerging and established artists via exhibitions, lectures and workshops. His focus is contemporary art that explores black identity, and he showcases these works in his Wedge Collection.
Montague has served on the Africa Acquisitions Committee at Tate Modern, London (2012-2015) as well as the Advisory Board of the Ryerson Image Centre (2011-2014) and the Photography Curatorial Committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario (2009-2012); he is currently an AGO Trustee and Chair of the Education and Community Engagement Committee. He is a frequent panelist at international art symposiums including the Bamako Encounters / Biennial of Contemporary African Photography in Mali and the Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal; as well, Montague has been invited to lecture on contemporary art at The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Smithsonian's National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, among many other institutions. His curatorial projects have been widely seen and reviewed, including Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection (which debuted at The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and was most recently exhibited at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in North Carolina).
Bill Clarke has played many roles in the Toronto art scene over the past 15 years. He's been a frequent contributor to publications such as Canadian Art, Border Crossings, Art News, Modern Painters and, currently, Art Review. For eight years, he was the editor of Magenta Magazine online. He has sat on the Boards of Mercer Union, Gallery TPW and Art Metropole, and spent eight years on fundraising event committees for Casey House and the Canadian Art Foundation, where he played good cop to Robyn McCallum's bad cop. But most significantly, he is recognized as a dedicated art collector, whose collection, over the past 15 years, has grown to over 250 individual works by emerging Canadian and international artists. His collection landed him on Modern Painters' magazine's list of the "50 Most Interesting Collectors under 50 Worldwide" in 2012, and he was profiled in the Globe & Mails' Report on Business magazine and Monocle magazine. At the beginning of 2017, he left behind a 16-year-long career at the provincial government and started working the arts full time as the associate director of Angell Gallery in Toronto.
Jessica Bloom is a Toronto-based writer (Toronto Life, New York Magazine, Vice) and content director (Format, Lift & Co.). With an MA in media production (Ryerson University) and BFA in writing (University of Victoria) her focus on arts-related topics comes from a journalistic perspective, often exploring the people and process behind work. She also dabbles in art curation (Drake Hotel, Creator Class).